Attachment Theory and Parental Alienation

  title={Attachment Theory and Parental Alienation},
  author={Ludwig F. Lowenstein},
  journal={Journal of Divorce \& Remarriage},
  pages={157 - 168}
  • L. Lowenstein
  • Published 7 April 2010
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Divorce & Remarriage
Following an acrimonious divorce or separation, arguments are frequently presented as to why a child should not be with a nonresident parent. The custodial parent, whether a father or a mother, uses the concept of a child being attached to himself or herself and therefore this should prevent the child from having actual or reasonable contact with the absent parent. This view is based on antagonism between the former partners rather than the importance of the attachment theory being relevant… 

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